Steven Zaillian

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Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953 in Fresno , California ) is an American screenwriter , film editor , film producer and film director of Armenian origin. He is the founder of the film production company "Film Rites".


Zaillian was born in 1953 to Jim Zaillian and Vina Zaillian and grew up in Los Angeles , California. His father, a radio reporter, died of a heart attack on December 2, 1978 at the age of 51. Zaillian has an older sister named Marcia Ann Zaillian (born June 11, 1949). After graduating from San Francisco State University in 1975, Steven Zaillian began making documentaries and worked as an editor on several films such as “Breaker! Breaker! "(1976)," Kingdom of the Spiders "(1977) and" Starhops "(1978). A short time later, Zaillian wrote the script for a 1960s teenage comedy drama called "Bad Manners". The film was owned by Ray Stark , who never produced it. Despite the fact that the film never materialized, this script paved the way for Zaillian to move to Hollywood . “ The Falcon and the Snowman ” (1985), the first film based on a screenplay written by Zaillian, marked the beginning of his career. Zaillian is considered one of the most artful and subtle screenwriters Hollywood has had since Robert Towne . In 1993 he made his directorial debut with Das Königsspiel - A Master is Born . Two more films he directed followed, in 2016 he shot the miniseries The Night Of - The Truth of One Night .

Steven Zaillian now lives in Los Angeles and is married to Elizabeth Zaillian. They have two sons together (* 1985 and * 1989).


Zaillian is a Script Doctor . Several films, including Twister , Crimson Tide, and Amistad, The Slave Ship , have been adapted and rewritten by him without being mentioned in the credits .

Work as a screenwriter

Work as a director

Work as a producer

Work as an editor


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Armenia's tragedy was long in coming to the movie screen . Los Angeles Times . November 18, 2002. Retrieved July 26, 2013
  2. Steve Zaillian's film Rites Signs First-Look With Fox . The Hollywood Reporter . May 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013
  3. My Mother's Grape Leaves . Retrieved August 4, 2013
  4. ^ Los Angeles Radio People, TZ . Retrieved August 4, 2013
  5. Unproduced Screenplays - Best unproduced scripts ... from 1992 . Retrieved August 4, 2013
  6. a b Steven Zaillian- Biography . Yahoo . Retrieved August 4, 2013
  7. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian to Direct Timecrimes Remake . IMdb . December 18, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2013
  8. ^ Steven Zaillian - Profiles . Retrieved August 4, 2013